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Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities. Bad posture is a slow process, where muscles adapt to how you hold your body in improper positions and because of certain life style habits. After a period of time, your body begins to feel normal and remember the wrong movements.

Bad posture causes much stress on muscles, ligaments, and joints. Typical problems include, but not limited to, disc herniations, back and neck pain, headache, fatigue, limited range of motion, and lung capacity.

One of the most common postural problems is Forward Head Posture. The use of Computers, TVs, Video games, backpacks, and trauma causes the body to adapt to a forward head posture. People with forward head posture can suffer from muscle strain, neck pain, headache, jaw joint pain, bite problems, pinched nerves, arthritis, and disc herniations.

Injuries from daily activities or accidents also causes a misaligned spine, Muscle spasms, ligament damages, and Disc herniations, which result in pain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, when you have a misaligned and/or unbalanced spine, your spine reduces the function of natural shock absorbancy.  So when you have injuries your body will be more damaged than a normal spine.

A HERNIATED DISC causes by many factors such as; bad posture, being overweight, Incorrect weight lifing, Spot related muscular strain and disc dehydration that occurs with age. Other factors are lack of regular physical exercises, inadequate nutrition, smoking, and genetic factors. The symptoms are back pain and leg pain (lumbar herniation) or neck pain and arm pain (cervical herniation) due to nerve root irritation.

       - Symptoms of Herniated Lumbar discs : Severe low back pain, Pain radiating to the buttocks, legs, and feet, Pain made worse with coughing, straining, or laughing, Tingling or numbness in legs or feet, Muscle weakness or atrophy in later stages, Muscle spasm, Problems with bowel, bladder or erectile function, in severe cases

       - Symptoms of Herniated Cervical Discs :  Neck pain, especially in the back and sides, Deep pain near or over the shoulder blades, Pain radiating to the shoulder, upper arm, forearm, and rarely the hand, fingers or chest, Pain made worse with coughing, straining, or laughing, Increased pain when bending the neck or turning head to the side, Spasm of the neck muscles, Arm muscle weakness

SCOLIOSIS is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It causes pain and discomfort. It has an effect on posture, flexibility, and appearance which reducing the quality of life. At any degree of curvature, it is never too late or too early to start the care. Don't wait and watch.